Congressman Sessions Votes to Limit Federal Footprint in our Classrooms

Today I issued the following statement regarding the passage of S.1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act:

When it comes to our children’s education, I have always believed that Washington has no business in our classrooms. Since the deeply flawed No Child Left Behind Act - which I voted against - was implemented we have seen student achievement in math and reading sharply decline, with only 33 percent of 8th graders proficient in math and only 34 percent reading at grade level. American students are falling behind and more federal regulations and bureaucracy is the problem, not the answer.

While I believe we still have more work to do, the Every Student Succeeds Act is an important step toward limiting the power of Washington and returning educational control to the states, parents, and teachers who know their students best. This legislation eliminates No Child Left Behind, puts an end to the federal government’s ability to push academic standards like Common Core, and returns power back to the states and local school districts. In addition, it eliminates the federally-mandated one-size-fits-all accountability system, repeals 49 ineffective and duplicative federal programs, and provides states and schools with new funding flexibility. In all, this bill represents the biggest devolution of power from Washington to the states in over 25 years. Our students deserve the opportunity to receive the best education possible and this legislation will put our students on the path towards a brighter future.

For more information on the Every Student Succeeds Act, click here.


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